Mount Adams: South Spur and Mazama Glacier

HARD 8 reviews
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Mount Adams: South Spur and Mazama Glacier is a 11.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Trout Lake, Washington that offers scenic views and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

11.7 miles
6738 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



rock climbing






no shade

7 months ago

difficult but fulfilling

9 months ago

Had a great weekend up on the mountain! Clear, sunny skies. Nothing more than a light breeze, even on the summit. We spent the night at Lunch Counter and summited early the next morning. If I have any suggestions, they are these: bring so much sun screen and apply liberally; climb early in the morning when the snow is firmer; camp at Lunch Counter because the sunset, sunrise, and stars are phenomenal; lastly, try glissading, it's a blast!

Monday, July 04, 2016

The hike up to the Lunch Counter is about 3.5 miles. There were a lot of people on the mountain but there was still plenty of built up areas to pitch a tent. As you set up at the Lunch Counter you look up at Pikers Peak which is pretty impressive. The hike up is fairly strenuous but not technical. Just make sure you have crampons and an ice ax and know how to use them. Once on top of Pikers Peak there is still one more steep pitch to the top. Overall it is a very demanding climb but isn't technical so if you are in shape it should be a good place to start building some skills.

Monday, May 31, 2010

had to hike in 4 miles to trailhead and rained on for first 6 miles. Next day made it to lunch counter at 9500 ft. Got cought in blizzard and stuck in tent for next 35 hrs. Never got chance to summit,made dangerous decent in 50 mph winds. All in All exciteing experience!!

8 months ago

Sunday, September 25, 2016